As expected, Pixar’s Finding Dory is a huge hit. The movie is expected to reel in $ 136.2 million this opening weekend in the US, Disney said today, according to Deadline.
This is good for a new opening weekend record for an animated movie. It’s also the second best opening ever in the US, behind 2015’s Jurassic World ($ 208.8 million). Previous estimates said Finding Dory would make $ 120 million for its US opening–it’s pacing nicely ahead of that.
“The original movie is so beloved and a part of our culture, we’ve dubbed it ‘Generation Nemo,'” Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis said. “For those who saw this movie 13 years ago, it’s the movie of their childhood, the movie they saw in college.
“At the time, it was the biggest animation release of all-time and left an indelible mark for great reason, and now there’s an insatiable want-to-see. From our exit polls, people are loving the movie effusively.”
According to Deadline, Finding Dory had a production budget of $ 200 million–not including marketing. Estimates say the film could clear $ 446 million-$ 629 million in the US alone.
You can read Deadline’s full box office breakdown here.
Finding Dory is a sequel to Finding Nemo, which came out in 2003. The sequel focuses on the amnesiac fish of the title, and her quest to be reunited with her family. Ellen DeGeneres returns to voice Dory, as does Albert Brooks, playing the clownfish Marlin. The film also stars Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Willem Dafoe, Idris Elba, and Dominic West.